We are a collective of makers who believe in creating and sharing natural alternatives. Our products are made using natural fibres and dyes. Natural dyes are extracted from natural sources such as minerals and plants. As they come from the earth, they are full of vitamins and herbal properties. They are also more environmentally-friendly than traditional chemical dyes.

Our natural dye studio is based in The Sustainable Studio, Cardiff Bay.

Q What are natural dyes?

Colour can be extracted from literally thousands of natural substances such as plants, insects and minerals. The widest spectrum of colour derives from the roots, stalks, flowers, berries, nuts, wood, bark and seeds of plants. The pigment and tannins in these plants produce natural colour.

Natural dyes can be used as whole dyestuffs and extracts. Whole dyestuffs are sources directly from the plant, lichen, insect or fungi. They can be used fresh or dried. Extracts come from natural materials and are concentrated powders or liquids.

Dyeing with natural substances is an adventure in colour and one for those with an open mind. Two plants of the same species can produce different colours depending on the age, soil and weather conditions of the plant’s growth. The variety of outcome makes natural dye an exploration of colour and full of surprises!

Q Where can I find your products?

We are mainly based online but do occasionally attend markets around Cardiff. Follow us on Instagram to find out where you can find us next.

Q Are your products vegan-friendly?

Yes, we offer natural fibres such as cotton and bamboo as alternatives to silk. If you have any questions about how a product has been made, feel free to reach out to us and we will happily talk you through the product(s) and process used.

Q Can I visit the dye studio?

We are holding a number of workshops over the coming months which will include studio tours. More details can be found on our website.

Additional Details

  • Email:admin@lilco.uk
  • Accepts Cardiff Indie Collective Gift Vouchers:Yes